This is a walk I did recently which is my Top10 pubs of 2018.
I had plans to do this for a while and since I have some free time to myself in starting jobs I decided April 16th was a good day, the weather was really warm as well, which is a bonus.
Trying to plan this route wasn’t easy as I was travelling from one side of Sheffield to the other, in the end I didn’t complete all 10. Best time to start is 12.00 and I could have started round Kelham area which is near to where I live but some of the pubs are not open early so planning was important.
If you click on the pub names below it will take you to either webpage here, their website, Facebook or Twitter, mix it up a bit … so this is my journey (be warned if you try this it is a looooong day, you can catch buses along the route which I will point out)
Pub 1 – White Lion – I walked from home to this pub down at Heeley, usually I catch the No24 or 25 bus from home and takes me there, you may sometimes see I am here a lot over the week/weekend and the reason is convenient for bus. Serving about a dozen cask ales, no keg but if you pop next door to Pour they have about half a dozen keg lines, all vegan as well and they serve food.
Pub 2 – Beer Engine – You can catch the 43 bus from White Lion to here, I walked down as its a nice walk, there are other pubs along this route but only doing my Top10 from last year. A pub just off the bottom of London Road, serving fine cask and keg lines, the keg line seems to have increased as well, they also do food incase you are feeling hungry. If you pop into this pub during the week check their Facebook/website for opening times.
Pub 3 – Ecclesall Ale Club – This pub is halfway up Ecclesall Road just before you get to Tesco`s, unfortunately you will need to walk this route unless you catch a bus when you get to Eccy Rd as its called. They guys behind Brew Foundation run this pub. As the picture says there is cask and keg and plenty of cans and bottles to drink, so never short of ales. They also do 1/3rds on keg.
Pub 4 – Rutland Arms – My No1 pub of 2018 and the owners will be opening a new pub soon, so watch out for that one. Quite a walk from last pub and we are starting to get nearer to Kelham Island area where there are a few pubs to visit. In here you have a good selection of cask and keg ales to choose from. Even a jukebox as well. They do food and have a nice beer garden.
Pub 5 – Harlequin – halfway round the 10 pubs is this lovely place which has 9/10 cask ales, most from Exit33 brewery, there is also x14 cider options, which is a vast amount and a nice lovely cider board of what they have. They also do food and also bands on at certain times, best to check Facebook for events.
Pub 6 – Shakespeare – A short walk to the next pub which has 9 cask and about 6/7 keg lines, always get interesting ales in here. Food wise is their famous small sandwiches. This pub has changed very little over the years. Big beer garden at the back of the pub, there is always events on here esp tap takeovers and special rare beers on.
Pub 7 – Bar Stewards – Just across the road from Shakepeare is this new micopub, 4 cask ales and 6 keg lines plus bottles and cans to drink in as well. Beer garden at the back of the place.
Pub 8 – The Wellington – A short walk to Shalesmoor to this pub which features Neepsend Brewery ales and their new ones always seem to appear here, this pub hasn’t changed much over the years. Beer garden at the back of the pub.
Pub 9 – New Barrack Tavern – I caught the tram from the last pub down to Hillsborough and walked to this pub. Quite a bit has changed at this pub, they now have a bottle/can section in the pub where you can sit in that area. There is more cider available as well. Sport is a big part of this place, a very Sheffield Wednesday based pub. They also have artists on at the weekend, so best check their Facebook/Twitter page. Ales now comprise 12 cask ales and a couple of keg lines.
Pub 10 – Itchy Pig – I didn’t make it to this pub on the day, after so many miles walking and the weather was very hot I decided to go here are few days later. Situated in Broomhill you would be best catching the 52 bus from Hillsborough to get here, not open until later in the afternoon this is best doing last. Micropub with about 4/5 cask and plenty of keg lines, they also do sometimes have tap takeovers.
You can read more about my Top10 pubs from 2018 here.